Five Tips for Preventing Bed Sores for Your Senior

Food is the fuel that your senior’s body uses to help her to maintain herself.
In the case of bed sores, if your elderly family member isn’t getting enough nutrients, it’s difficult for her body to fend off wounds and to repair wounds when they do occur. Bed sores, or pressure ulcers, are extremely common in people who aren’t able to be as mobile as they once were. Especially if your elderly family member is confined to her bed, bed sores can be a huge problem. Try some of these ideas to help prevent them.

 

Senior Care in Claremont CA: Preventing Bed Sores

Senior Care in Claremont CA: Preventing Bed Sores

 

Keep Yourself Aware of Her Positioning

The biggest part of preventing bed sores is to be aware of your elderly family member’s current position and roughly how long she’s been sitting or lying that way. This is especially vital if your senior is bedridden and can’t easily move herself. You might want to start keeping notes for yourself just so that you have an approximate idea of when you last helped your senior move.

 

Use Pillows to Help Your Senior Maintain Her Position

When you do help your aging family member to adjust her position, she might have difficulty staying in that new position. Pillows and blankets can help her to gently remain in a new position, especially when her mobility is hampered. Start collecting a variety of pillows that are big and small so that you have options when you need them.

 

Clean, Soft Bedding Can Help a Great Deal

Another contributing factor for bed sores can be moisture. Swapping out your senior’s bedding frequently can help to keep her dry and also prevent moisture from building up against her skin. Likewise, changing her clothing regularly also helps. This is especially important if your elderly family member is dealing with incontinence issues as well.

 

Try to Keep Her Eating

Try your best to keep your senior eating healthy food choices that give her body the building blocks that she needs. If nutrition is difficult, talk with her doctor about the best meal replacement options for her.

 

Work with Home Care Providers

Dealing with bed sores and preventing them may be something that is extremely new for you. It can help immensely to work with home care providers. They’ve got experience in dealing with these sorts of situations and can help you and your senior to keep her skin much healthier.

If your elderly family member does develop bed sores, make sure that you’re paying close attention to the wounds. Keep them dry and clean so that you can help your senior to avoid infection. Her doctor can give you more specific information about treating these wounds safely.

 

If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring Senior Care in Claremont, CA, call the caring staff at Aviva In-Home Care. Call today: (415) 795-2203

Evan Loevner, CEO

As a former hospital administrator, I launched Aviva with the goal of having a more focused, direct impact on the delivery of care than I could ever accomplish within a hospital setting. For me, the joy of running an organization like Aviva In-Home Care is having the ability to positively improve the lives of individuals needing customized care. As a passionate San Francisco resident, I know that many local seniors can benefit from new approaches to in-home care, that will bring them more connection to the community, and provide families with a greater sense of comfort that their loved one is indeed matched with an ideal caregiver. This starts by including the family throughout the care planning process, a key component of the concept of “family-centered care,” which has been adopted by top medical centers. A strong communication loop between family, the caregiver, Aviva management, and community healthcare practitioners is essential for ensuring that all the needs of the client are met. While this may not sound like a novel concept, it is not commonly practiced within the home care community.

At Aviva, we also use the latest in health technology to maximize opportunities for communication between all members of our client’s care circles. We utilize nursing oversight to ensure that we are in compliance with physician orders, and that our careplans are being properly administered. Lastly, Aviva is a proud member of The Senior’s Choice, a national network of leading home care agencies that share best practices and focus on continual improvement.

As owner of the business, I also promise to you my direct involvement in your loved ones care, and will always make myself available for feedback and improvements in our service. I look forward to working with you and your loved one on creating a care plan that is perfectly suited to the family's needs. Thank you for considering Aviva as your care partner.